Marcoola SLSC turns 50, rocks Australia Day

Marcoola Surf Club was the place to be on our national day, where two rousing renditions of Happy Birthday broke out.

On January 26, 1969 Marcoola started its very own surf club and last Saturday hundreds made their way to the beach to celebrate in Aussie style. Life members and club members past and present joined with sponsors and well-wishers from the community to celebrate the 50-year milestone.

Special events are planned right through the year and a book commemorating the occasion will be created through 2019. But this year, as every year since 2009, the club also celebrated Marcoola Rocks. The hot warm weather and blue skies got toes tapping on one of the coast’s most picturesque beaches. All afternoon, music was made on the dunes to the side of the clubhouse and the day culminated in a firework display at 7.00pm.

From small beginnings in 2009, Marcoola Rocks has become synonymous with Australia Day celebrations and just keeps getting better. Just as they have been since the first event, our Marcoola Community Bank® branch sponsored the day.

Surf club president Di Lengui, said the club is deeply grateful for the sponsorship from its local Community Bank® and says Marcoola Rocks is event for the whole town.

“It was a great day and our team of volunteers were amazing. So many locals decided to make their surf club the place to celebrate and we’re very grateful to all the club members and sponsors who made it all happen. Marcoola Community Bank® has been with us since day one with this event and we’re just thrilled they continue to support what we’ve created here,” she said.

All proceeds from the event this year will go towards the further development of the youth program and the purchase of additional surf lifesaving gear and equipment within the club.

“All the bands and entertainment were free of charge and we drew a great crowd. It’s Marcoola’s biggest local celebration for the year many took the opportunity to come and enjoy the day and swim at our fully patrolled beach,” Ms Lengui added.

Marcoola Community Bank® branch manager, Kerryn Vincart said she and the Bendigo Bank team got right into it.

“Our team at Marcoola was there helping out under the stalls, but just like everybody else we were there celebrating the 50-year milestone and taking in the great local music and enjoying all that’s great about being an Aussie. It’s an event we love to support and will be there again in 2020,” Kerryn said.

For more information about the 50th celebrations through 2019, go to